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Government Watchdogs Launch Cyber-Threat Sharing Assessment

In the wake of the recent hack, Microsoft President Brad Smith said contractual obligations hurt cross-government sharing following breaches.

Massive Hack Roundup: Microsoft Says Breach 'Not Espionage as Usual'

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Reports: Suspected Russian Hackers Breach Commerce, Treasury Departments 

U.S. officials are investigating what data may have been stolen and whether the hack is more widespread.

NIST Plans New Drone-Advancing Challenge Competition

Potential scenarios include locating stranded first responders with thermal imaging, tracking them where GPS is inaccessible, and more.

Lawmakers Want to Know Why a Controversial Immigration Figure Was Appointed to a High-Level NIST Job

The pair asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for details about the creation of a deputy undersecretary position and why Congress was not informed. 

NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

The roughly $10 million deal will also incorporate new hands-on training opportunities for both entities’ personnel.

NIST-Supported Quantum Consortium Launches Committee on National Security

The group will explore the on-the-rise technology’s implications within the crucial defense-driven realm.

NIST Needs Tech Providers Help Developing Zero-Trust Practice Guide

But the agency is vetting potential participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Census Pulls Back on Year-End Delivery Commitment, Pushes Decision to Career Staff

Rushing in an effort to truncate the data processing timeline has "some risks," bureau official admits.

'Nobody Knows What's Going On': Census Workers Decry Chaos as Trump Administration Challenges Court Order

Census enumerators say they have received inconsistent messages and workloads in recent days despite court order to keep count going.

Treasury to Experiment with Blockchain for Grants Management 

After learning from other blockchain proof of concepts, officials will see if the technology can increase transparency into payment tracking. 

Commerce Department to Bar TikTok, WeChat from U.S. App Stores

The Commerce Department announced a list of prohibitions meant to protect U.S. national security against the two Chinese-owned apps.

How Good Is Your Phishing Training? NIST Launched a Tool to Figure That Out.

Researchers are looking to pool more data from outside organizations to further refine it.

Steering Committee Named for NIST’s Quantum-Focused, Public-Private Consortium 

The announcement also follows the group’s establishment of a new, more formal membership structure.